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LIVE: RIP Balasaheb Thackeray: India loses the iconic ‘Tiger’

dailybhaskar.com   |  Nov 17, 2012, 17:37PM IST

Mumbai: Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray breathed his last today at 3:33 pm. Thackeray was battling prolonged illness.

President Pranab Mukherjee has condoled the death of Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has condoled the death of Balasaheb Thackeray. The Prime Minister has said  Balasaheb was a ‘consummate communicator whose stature in the politics of Maharashtra was unique.’ Dr Singh also said the ‘passing away of Bala Saheb will be deeply felt by his family and followers.’

BJP chief Nitin Gadkari has said the Shiv Sena supremo's political life cannot be forgotten. Senior BJP leader LK Advani has said 'Balasaheb's death has left a deep void in the country's politics.'

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has said he is 'saddened with the painful news.'

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has offered condolences and said Thackeray's death is a 'persona loss' for me. Modi said the Sena chief 'was full of life, an epitome of courage & valour.'
BJP leader Sushma Swaraj has said she is 'terribly pained to hear that the Lion is dead.'

Shiv Sena leaders have asked the Sainiks to maintain peace. Party's executive president Uddhav Thackeray has appealed of calm in the state.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said 'Maharashtra has lost a veteran, experienced leader.'

State PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said the Shiv Sena Supremo was 'fearless while speaking and word ‘compromise’ never existed in his dictionary.'

NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter and MP Supriya Sule said though there were political differences for sure but Pawar and Thackeray were the 'best of friends in the personal sphere.'

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